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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Scribecast: Kevin Chavous on His Tireless Efforts for School Choice

    Education Equality Day in D.C.

    Few legislators have done more to advance school choice than Kevin Chavous. As a city councilmember in Washington D.C. from 1992 to 2004, and a chairman of the council’s Education Committee, Chavous was instrumental in implementing the city’s landmark Opportunity Scholarship Program. A partnership between the federal and city governments, … More

    Debt Limit Increases to Nearly $16.4 Trillion

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    At the close of business, the federal government’s debt limit will increase by another $1.2 trillion, the final installment in a series of hikes that started last summer. This last increase, from $15.194 trillion to $16.394 trillion, was essentially granted in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, passed August … More

    Senator DeMint on National School Choice Week

    Sen. Jim DeMint at The Heritage Foundation

    Yesterday, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) spoke at The Heritage Foundation as part of National School Choice Week and to mark the release of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Report Card on American Education. The report ranks America’s K-12 schools in terms of performance and progress over the past year, … More

    Green Energy Irony: Obama's 22-Vehicle Fossil Fuel Motorcade

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama rolled through Las Vegas to push for federal investment in clean energy vehicles, making his pitch at a UPS plant, escorted by a motorcade of 22 fossil fuel-burning vehicles. We haven’t seen anything this ironic since Al Gore hopped on a private jet to promote his … More

    Rep. Gohmert Stands in Support of Saving the American Dream

    Rep. Louie Gohmert voices his support for Saving the American Dream

    Earlier this week, Representative Louie Gohmert (R–TX) visited The Heritage Foundation to show his support for Saving the American Dream as well as our nationwide educational effort with the Family Research Council, the Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote 2012 Tour. Speaking to an impromptu audience gathered at Heritage, Gohmert’s … More

    Washington Should Reject 'No Missiles, No Meeting' Russian Blackmail

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    Recently, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that there may be no summit between NATO and the Russian Federation if no agreement on missile defense is reached. This is understandable: Moscow has so far refused all Western entreaties to sign a workable missile defense arrangement and threatened that the … More

    On Keystone, Congress Steps Up

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    Whether he likes it or not, President Obama’s logic-defying but unsurprising decision to deny TransCanada the permit to construct a 1,700-mile long pipeline to deliver up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries put the ball in Congress’s court—and some Members are seizing … More

    Virginia Federal Disaster Aid Shows Need for FEMA Reform

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    On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia was felt throughout the mid-Atlantic. Minor by the standards of the West Coast, the earthquake, even on the less-prepared East Coast, resulted in no deaths or serious injuries and only minor structural damage. Yet President Obama still declared the earthquake … More

    Obama, Biden Both Lauded Now-Bankrupt, Stimulus-Funded Ener1

    Toyama City Environment Initiative: ENERDEL Lithium Ion Battery Powered Public Transport

    The president’s energy agenda took a hit on Thursday, as yet another stimulus-backed energy company filed for bankruptcy. Videos have surfaced since then showing both Obama and Vice President Biden praising the company’s promise, drawing the attention of congressional investigators. As Scribe reported yesterday, Ener1 submitted a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan … More

    Obama Administration Cannot Continue to “Hollow Out the Force”

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    In discussing the Department of Defense’s upcoming budget request, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated “our approach was to use this as an opportunity to maintain the strongest military in the world, to not hollow out the force.” In reality, America’s enemies will quickly determine that the United States will not … More